Speaking to Combate, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva slammed heavyweight Alistair Overeem as “despicable” and criticized his performance against Ben Rothwell. Bigfoot and Overeem aren’t exactly friends, and all the evidence you’ll need is to watch Herb Dean restrain Bigfoot from yelling in the downed face of Overeem in their UFC 156 matchup. But after looking at Silva’s recent troubles in the UFC, is he in any position to criticize Overeem?
“I was flying to Brazil and at the airport and I had the opportunity to sit and watch the Overeem fight. He is a comedy, a cartoon. You have to feel sorry for a guy like that. … You don’t win the fight talking. We get better through training, through going out there and doing your best. Unfortunately it’s the opposite with Overeem—he really likes to talk.”
“But each one of us lives his own life. He is reaping what he sowed. Who plants the good reaps good. He’s a despicable person and does not deserve much attention from people…He’s a guy who just leaves enmity wherever he goes. It’s sad to see a person like him, because we never wish harm on a person, never want to see a person in this situation.”
“Bigfoot Silva” is in a tough position to criticize Overeem for “talking” instead of fighting. Calling Overeem a “comedy, a cartoon” is one thing if you have the record to back it up, but the truth is that Bigfoot’s match against Andrei Arlovski in UFC fight Night 51 will be a crucial moment of his career. Bigfoot is (2-2-1) in the UFC, which isn’t a terrible record, but his last 3 losses have all come by knockout. While he lost the title fight for the heavyweight championship against Cain Velasquez, he appeared to turn things for the better with a great match against Mark Hunt, but he was forced to overturn his Fight of the Night bonus over to Hunt for a positive test of elevated levels of testosterone. Along with being slapped with a nine month suspension, “Bigfoot” appears to need a great dose of his own advice for Overeem to stay afloat in the UFC. This isn’t the time for Bigfoot to challenge character, it’s time for him to focus on the prospects and future of his own career in the UFC.